When you count the list of things you do for other people in a day and count the list of things you do for yourself, it’s likely the former list seems a whole lot longer than the latter. For many of us, with commitments to our families, friends, and colleagues, it can be difficult to find time for ourselves, time to recuperate, and time to cast off all the distractions that come along with our busy lives. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution: meditation before bed.
Research suggests that meditation before bed can do wonders for our mental and physical health, making it easier to make informed choices throughout the day and relax at the end of it. Want to find out what else meditation can do for you? Read on about our favorite benefits of this healthy activity:
“Research suggests that meditation
can do wonders for our mental
and physical health, making it easier to
make informed choices throughout
the day and relax at the end of it.”
You’ll lose weight
Eager to shed a few extra pounds? The answer isn’t always in the kitchen or gym; it could be as simple as adding a pre-bedtime meditation session to your regular schedule. Meditation on its own can help you make better food choices and may even help increase your desire to work out, and if you need some help getting started, YouTubers like Clarity Café have guided meditations specifically for weight loss that can help you get on the right track.
You’ll sleep better
Unwinding with some meditation before bed in your home can make it a whole lot easier to put the stress of your day behind you and get a good night’s rest. Fortunately, the meditation community has created a number of podcasts, like aptly-name The Meditation Podcast, which can help you relax and drift off to dreamland.
You’ll be less stressed out
The stress that’s been plaguing you all day can be washed off in an instant with a quick meditation session before bed. In fact, researchers at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand found that medical students who added meditation to their routine had lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can contribute to weight gain, in their blood.
You’ll have better focus
All that mindfulness practice can mean a lot more focus throughout the day. When you learn how to tune out distractions with meditation, you’ll also enjoy increased focus and productivity in other areas of your life, like work.
“Think you don’t have the
time to spare?
YouTube channels like
Meditation For Real People
have meditations as short
as three minutes.”
You’ll get some personal time:
It can be difficult to carve out personal time, whether you’re trying to find time to hit the gym or just relax with a book. Luckily, incorporating a specific meditation time right before bed can help you get a little bit of “me time,” no matter how busy your day is. Think you don’t have the time to spare? YouTube channels like Meditation For Real People have meditations as short as three minutes.
Change your head with meditation before bed
Even if you’re not quite ready to devote your life to mindfulness, adding just a small amount of meditation to your daily routine can make a major difference in your overall quality of life. Finding just a few minutes before bed to be at one with your thoughts, embrace a moment of mental stillness, and tune out the outside world can yield far-reaching benefits that can change your life.
Guest post by Candice Schaffer
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